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wrongdoing. in her nine years working at the massachusetts state crime lab, officials say annie dookhan handled more than 60,000 drug tests. police say the former chemist admitted she altered or faked test results, forged colleague's initials on paperwork and skipped proper procedures. >> annie dookhan's alleged actions corrupted the integrity of the entire legal justice system. >> reporter: 1100 people prosecuted due to her work. already a dozen have been released because of questions about how she handled evidence. >> everyone who has been convicted in the last five to six years is possibly the victim of a very substantial miscarriage of justice. and on the other hand, a lot of very dangerous people might get out of jail. >> reporter: dookhan is also alleged to have lied under oath, claiming the have a master's degree in chemistry from the university of massachusetts. several co-workers had suspicions because chemists typically analyze about 150 samples a month. dookhan was testing more than 500. according to a massachusetts state police report when asked about that, dookhan said i sc
to prosecutors, annie dookhan admitted to altering or faking the test results of drugs. one instance involved fake drugs on a suspect. >> so they were negative on the street, positive when misdookhan tested them and when they were retested they were negative. >> reporter: dookhan's coworkers had their suspicions, detailed in this 100-page report by the massachusetts state police. one chemist said. dookhan's work has called into question the cases of 1100 people currently serving time. more will likely be reopened. to handle them, the state is setting up special courts where whys can run longer sessions to work through the backlog. >> it's incalculable for the harm it's done to the integrity of the criminal justice system. >> reporter: defense attorney bernard grossberg. what about some of the folks who do have rap sheet, who do have a history of criminal records, what about the idea of them walking the street here in massachusetts? >> well, we don't like some of these guys getting released. that's what the law requires. and we will do it because we're the commonwealth of massachusetts, and we
the chemist at the center of a massachusetts crime lab investigation. annie dookhan is accused of falsifying evidence at the now closed facility potentially putting thousands of cases in jeopardy. molly line is live from our newsroom with more. >> reporter: this is a scandal that can affect more than 1,000 inmates currently serving time in massachusetts for drug-related crimes and more people convicted in the past. a state lab chemist accused of not just faulty work but mixing samples, not testing others and forging paperwork. prosecutors state deception has gone on for years. 34-year-old dookhan was arrested friday charged with obstruction of justice and falsely pretending to hold a degree. more than a dozen released as prosecutors and defense attorneys struggle to assess the damage. in the wake of the investigation the lab in boston was shutdown and the public health commissioner resigned. the allegations investigators say dookhan lied about drug samples from a march 2011 case and testified under oath in the summer of 2010 that she had an advanced degree from the university of massachusett
: annie dookhan was arrested at her home outside boston. police say the former state crime lab chemist admitted that she altered or faked test results of drug cases assigned to her. prosecutors say she went as far as adding cocaine to samples that were negative. state attorney general martha coakley. >> there was clearly a short cutting of corners. there was just getting this done as quickly as possible and all of that we're still looking at. >> reporter: officials say during her nine years at the lab dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples. 1,100 people now in jail were put there in part due to her work. already more than a dozen have been released because of questions about how she handled seidence. john martin is a defense attorney. >> everyone who's been convicted nn the last five to six years is possibly the victim of a very substantial miscarriage of justice and on the other hand a lot of very dangerous people might get out of jail. >> reporter: co-workers called teokhan superwoman because she se ted more than 500 samples a month compared to 150 for a typical chemist. that r
in boston tonight. >> reporter: annie dookhan was arrested at her home outside boston. police say the former state crime lab chemist admitted that she altered or faked test results of drug cases assigned to her. prosecutors say she went as far as adding cocaine to samples that were negative. state attorney general martha coakley. >> there was clearly a short cutting of corners. there was just getting this done as quickly as possible and all of that we're still looking at. >> reporter: officials say during her nine years at the lab dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples. 1,100 people now in jail were put there in part due to her work. already more than a dozen have been released because of questions about how she handled evidence. john martin is a defense attorney. >> everyone who's been convicted in the last five to six years is possibly the victim of a very substantial miscarriage of justice and on the other hand a lot of very dangerous people might get out of jail. >> reporter: co-workers called dookhan superwoman because she tested more than 500 samples a month compared to 150 for a
Search Results 0 to 6 of about 7 (some duplicates have been removed)